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  • Summary: KLAUS follows an office worker who awakens in a basement with no idea of who or where he is. With his only clue being the word "KLAUS" tattooed on his arm. He is forced to escape the mechanical & constructivist world in which he finds himself a prisoner. Another playable character: K1, aKLAUS follows an office worker who awakens in a basement with no idea of who or where he is. With his only clue being the word "KLAUS" tattooed on his arm. He is forced to escape the mechanical & constructivist world in which he finds himself a prisoner. Another playable character: K1, a friendly brute damaged by prolonged imprisonment, embarking on an existential journey, exploring the idea of the fourth wall and awareness of the player playing the game. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Feb 7, 2016
    90
    Klaus is, in a word, brilliant. While it may not exactly win the hearts of those who don’t like the 2D platformer style, it’s an expertly-designed addition to the genre that creates a challenging experience without ever seeming insurmountable. With intuitive controls and a seamless integration of its parts, it easily creates an experience worth the $19.99 price on the PlayStation Store.
  2. Jan 29, 2016
    85
    Klaus is a thought-provoking platformer that usurps expectations and will stick with you long after you’ve finished playing.
  3. CD-Action
    May 30, 2016
    80
    An intelligent, brilliantly designed platformer that tells a story worth following and does it so creatively that you never know what to expect next. [05/2016, p.72]
  4. Feb 22, 2016
    75
    Definitely a promising first try for this young development team, Klaus is a smart game that’s based on complex themes usually unexpected in simple platform games. A pity that the controls and the physics in the game aren’t as convincing as the rest.
  5. Feb 29, 2016
    70
    Challenging and sometimes frustrating though it may be, Klaus is a refreshing take on one of the most lasting genres around.
  6. Feb 3, 2016
    70
    Klaus is a really fascinating game, full of nice little touches, but with flawed controls and some frustrating moments.
  7. Feb 5, 2016
    60
    Klaus is a good game that takes too long to become so. The commentary baked into its narrative bleeds into the gameplay resulting in mechanics that are not provided enough nourishment to grow and an exposition that will lose many due to its over-commitment to delivering a message. The initial impression leaves a bad taste, and in a world where first impressions matter, this is difficult to overlook.

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  1. Aug 28, 2018
    10
    Brilliant platformer. The mechanics are thoroughly enjoyable and fun. Great narrative, great art style, great sound. The game can beBrilliant platformer. The mechanics are thoroughly enjoyable and fun. Great narrative, great art style, great sound. The game can be challenging at times, yet the level difficulty never gets too high. The game is quite generous when it comes to checkpoints, so that the level of frustration one will experience once in a while is always manageable. The boss levels are kind of lame but other than this the game is creative and beautiful. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. Jan 23, 2016
    8
    Klaus is the story of an ordinary office worker who wakes up in a strange place with no idea who or where he is, with nothing but the nameKlaus is the story of an ordinary office worker who wakes up in a strange place with no idea who or where he is, with nothing but the name "KLAUS" tattooed on his arm. Klaus is an exciting platformer from the guys at La Cosa Entertainment, and they've done well.

    The art style reminds me a lot of a Don't Starve-esque way of drawing, and the mechanical aesthetic mixed in makes for very pleasing gaming.

    The jumping is quite hard to figure out at first and judging distances takes a bit to get used to for sure. It does get better the more you play, but feels off at first. Don't let this bother you though as the game is worth continuing through.

    I did find, however, that the use of the touch pad felt like it hampered the experience more than added to it. You use the touch pad to take control of different platforms to help navigate you through the courses, but the touch pad in general isn't very intuitive. I applaud La Cosa for using what they had available, but the touch pad is just lacking.

    This game has such a cool story, filled with twists around every corner. You get a pretty in depth look at the psyche and life of the main character, and the game just makes you want to keep going. The dialogue isn't actually spoken, but plastered onto the environment as you traverse the course. Very cool and unique!

    There are some cool secrets to find, so make sure to check all directions you can take on every level! The game definitely borrows a lot from Super Meat Boy, but at the same time adds so much more that it made it it's own.

    Overall the game is extremely well made, and puts you through some things I have never seen in platforming. The general platforming rules are set by the kings of platforming, but Klaus breaks all the rules and sends you through one of the best platforming experiences I have ever had in gaming! Extremely well done!

    8.8/10
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  3. Nel
    Jan 8, 2017
    7
    Klaus is a great platform game, it is not in the impossible category, it is brilliantly simple designed and the gameplay will take maybe 6-8Klaus is a great platform game, it is not in the impossible category, it is brilliantly simple designed and the gameplay will take maybe 6-8 hours depending on your skill, however there is stuff to do after beating it. Expand

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